We caught up with award-winning author Scarlet Wilson to chat about her spellbinding new book, Marriage Miracle in Emergency as well as what inspires her writing and advice for aspiring authors.
Read on to find out more about Scarlet’s writing journey!
You write for the Mills & Boon Medical series which takes place in the high-pressure world of medicine, with the most dedicated, delectable of heroes. What’s your favourite thing about writing Medical romances?
My favourite thing is the variety of settings both medical and geographic. I’ve written stories all around the world from Ireland, Vietnam, Japan, Stockholm, and even plenty of made up Mediterranean kingdoms that are all really Monaco! I also like the fact I can write an astronaut, a GP, a Prince or Princess who is also a surgeon, a neonatal nurse, or even a firefighter!
What, to you, are the most important elements of good writing?
A story that takes you away from everything else that is going on in the world. That’s really important for lots of people right now.
What was the inspiration behind your new book, Marriage Miracle in Emergency?
I wanted to set a story in Ireland, and have a friend who lives in Dublin who was my font of all knowledge. I also wanted to try and write a marriage reunited story again. I’ve done one once before and they are very difficult. There has to be a really good reason for them to have broken up, and an even better reason for them to try again.
What part of the book was the most interesting to write?
My sad answer to this question was the scenes inside the cottage, because I could literally see the place inside my head. Rough walls, windows that the air can whistle through and a big fire with miles of scenery. Perfect!
What inspires your ideas for your stories?
It can be anything. I generally know what kind of setting I want to use for my next book, and set the story around the place I want to write about. Characters come next, and I love reading research about new procedures because that certainly stimulates the brain!
What advice would you give to a writer submitting their work to Mills & Boon?
Read as many Mills & Boon books as you can, and understand the themes for the line you want to write for. Try and write every day, even if it’s only a little, because it all adds up!
What are some of your favourite romantic films/tv shows? Any recommendations?
I’ve enjoyed Virgin River, I liked the young adult films set on the book series To all The Boys I’ve Loved Before, and I also like the love, drama and story arcs in the series Grey’s Anatomy – it’s never dull!
Last question! Flowers or chocolate?
Anyone who knows me knows that this answer will always be chocolate. Don’t leave home without some!
Marriage Miracle in Emergency
The last person Iris expects as the new temporary consultant in her Dublin ER is her ex-husband, Lachlan! It’s been eight years since their whirlwind marriage ended, after the heart-breaking discovery they couldn’t have children. Iris knows they should focus on being colleagues, but Lachlan is impossible to resist! Older and wiser now, they’ve been given one last chance to find their way back to each other… are they ready to take it?